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Claes Oldenburg (American, b.1929)
LOT ID: 84453
Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven; 2 works), 1972

Offset lithograph, in colors
9.75 х 7.87 in. (24.76 x 19.99 cm.)
Signed, and numbered. Edition 89/100 on each in lower right corner under image and initialed by artist 'CO' in lower right corner under image.
Print/Casting Year 1972
Edition 89/100 each
Foundry/Publisher Petersburg Press, London.
Lot description
A wonderful pair of whimsical prints by Claes Oldenburg, with commentary from the artist quoted from his catalog raisonné (see below). Both published by Petersburg Press - London in 1972, from the portfolio, 'Notes in Hand'.
The project was started in 1970 and signed in 1972. Lot comes with the two interleaving title pages with text (see photos).

1) Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven, 1969
Offset lithograph in four colors
Image/plate: 5.8125 x 4.15 inches (14.8 x 10.5 cm)
Paper: 9.75 x 7.875 inches (24.8 x 20 cm)
Edition 89/100
Signed with edition number on recto
"Balloons do what I want my line drawings to do - float in space."

2) Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, new Haven, 1969
Offset lithograph in two colors
Image/plate: 5.8125 x 4.15 inches (14.8 x 10.5 cm)
Paper: 9.75 x 7.875 inches (24.8 x 20 cm)
Edition 89/100
Signed with edition number on recto
"Studies leading to the Mouse Banners, 1969, used during my travelling retrospective exhbiition." (The retrospective referred to was Oldenburg's 1969 MOMA, NYC exhibition.


Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven 2 works) by Claes Oldenburg
  • Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven 2 works) by Claes Oldenburg
  • Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven 2 works) by Claes Oldenburg
  • Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven 2 works) by Claes Oldenburg
  • Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven 2 works) by Claes Oldenburg
  • Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven 2 works) by Claes Oldenburg
  • Metamorphic Mouse Heads and Tooth - as Balloons, New Haven (+ Mouse Head as Kites and Posters, New Haven 2 works) by Claes Oldenburg
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